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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 10 (Decayes, Deep Freeze Mice, Department S, Deutsche Wertarbeit, Din A Testbild)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on May 31, 2009


Various – Tracks from the ‘1981’ Briefcase Disc, Part 10

This is the tenth batch of tracks from the ‘1981 Briefcase,’ the catch-all mp3-CD found in the ‘1981‘ box set (the nine main mixes of which are now available in full for download at Musicophilia). Moving forward with the “D’s,” we’ve got five who certainly didn’t make it to the top of the pops, but were busy carving out their own little burrows at the edges of the post-punk ant farm.  Decayes present punchy kookiness that lives next door to the mass-media-pastiche madness of Negativland.  Deep Freeze Mice create low-fi power-pop that fits somewhere between Television Personalities and Monitor.  Department S offer shiny, bouncy New Pop that will appeal to fans of Duran Duran.  Finaly, we have two DNW-ish synth-based acts who present very different visions: Deutsche Wertarbeit live in a Kraftwerkian Utopia, soaring majestically on an autobahn to heaven; whereas Din A Testbild paint a nearly schizophrenic world of the mind, full of hazy chaos.

Decayes – “Dance Hall”

Deep Freeze Mice – “Dr. Z”

Department S – “Age Concern”

Deutsche Wertarbeit – “Deutscher Wald”

Din A Testbild – “Logischer Gerfriepunkt”

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  1. Ron Kane said, on July 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Please remove The Decayes track from your website. I am Ron Kane or The Decayes and you do not have my permission to post this music for free. it is published music, per Mind’s Ear Records. It must be licensed to be posted. Thank you. – Ron Kane, The Decayes

    • Soundslike said, on July 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm


      If it helps you feel better about it, the track here was never downloadable–it could only be streamed online. Hopefully it helped you sell some records. Out of curiosity–I bought your album some years ago on CD as a limited edition, something like 200 or maybe 500 copies–was that a legitimate issue, I hope?

      Anyway, thanks for the music.

      Be well.

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